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Lions notes looks at Tom Lewand, Barry Sanders, Louis Delmas and much more.
- The Detroit Lions may be 1-3, but team president Tom Lewand says it's a different type of 1-3 than they're used to. He means that in a good way. From the Free Press:
"As I stand here before you today at 1-3, it doesn’t faze us," Lewand said. "We understand that we’re not where we want to be. This is not where we expected to be one quarter of the way into the 2012 NFL season. But we also know it’s a different 1-3 than we’ve experienced in the past."
- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway received a $21,000 fine from the NFL for his head shot on Calvin Johnson.
- Although Louis Delmas did finally return to practice earlier this week, nobody seems to be ready to fully commit to him playing next week. That is mainly because it's important to see how Delmas' knee responds to practicing before being sure he will be able to play. Obviously how much he is able to practice next week will be the biggest factor in whether or not we see him on the field in Philadelphia.
- Barry Sanders wrote a blog post on what the Lions need to do to get this season turned around. Perhaps the most interesting part was this line: "Unlike when I played, the Lions have talent all over the field." True that.
- The Lions are one of only two teams in the entire NFL without an interception. Facepalm.
- With the Lions being on a bye this week, players will be going off on their own, meaning there is a much higher chance of somebody potentially getting in trouble. In order to make sure everybody stays out of trouble, the Lions really hammered home the message of being smart while away from the team.
- According to Jason La Canfora, the Lions recently worked out offensive guard/center Cory Procter.
Darius Reynaud and Percy Harvin, the two players who returned kick returns for touchdowns against the Lions in recent weeks, won the NFL's special teams awards for the month of September. That just about sums up how bad the Lions' coverage units have been this season.
Nick Fairley was wired for sound during the Lions' game last week.
- Guess who ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. One Ed Hochuli.
- Premiere week didn't slow down the NFL's ratings domination one bit.
- The final year of running back Steven Jackson's contract has been voided by the St. Louis Rams, meaning he will be a free agent next offseason.